Call for Artists for 2016 Fine Art Festival


What: ArtFest Fort Myers 16th annual downtown Fort Myers juried fine art festival showcases the work of 215 artists and also includes great food; continuous entertainment; free interactive children’s art experiences; Chalk Block, a sidewalk chalk competition; and Art Under 20, the largest high school art competition in Southwest Florida.

Festival Dates: February 6 & 7, 2016

Opening Night, Friday, February 5th

How: Apply on-line

Application Deadline: September 14, 2015

ArtFest Fort Myers, Southwest Florida’s premier fine art festival, is currently accepting applications from professional artists for participation in our 2016 juried show. Featuring the work of 215 artists, ArtFest Fort Myers will bring 85,000 art lovers and collectors to the largest outdoor gallery in Southwest Florida on the first weekend in February!

Why apply to participate at ArtFest Fort Myers? Our year-round professional staff is dedicated to creating an artwork-selling festival for all artists. We provide great artist amenities to ensure that our artists are stress free and ready to share their work with our dedicated attendees. We promote our event extensively throughout Southwest Florida and beyond, reaching patrons from Marco Island to Sarasota and east to West Palm Beach.

All artwork exhibited must be created solely by the displaying artists. Artist entries are accepted in 16 categories: Ceramics, Digital, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media 2-D, Mixed Media 3-D, Painting-Watercolor, Painting-Oil/Acrylic, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wearable and Wood. Artists are selected to participate by an independent jury panel of art professionals, who score submitted images on artistic conception, originality and workmanship. Cash prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded to participating artists at the fine art festival. For more details on the application process, visit

ArtFest Fort Myers works year-round to produce a creative community celebration that also includes:

  • Publix Art Yard, an interactive arts/crafts area for children, including a “children only” shopping gallery and youth stage performances
  • Art Under 20, an exhibition and competition for Lee County high school students, offering cash awards
  • Chalk Block, a weekend high school sidewalk chalk competition mentored by professional chalk artists (sponsored by Truly Nolen Pest Control.)
  • VIP Experience for loyal art patrons who wait all year to make art purchases with us

For Artist Application information, contact ArtFest Fort Myers at 239-768-3602, email or visit our website at

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